Danger of Animal Bites and Rabies

It is very frightening both physically and mentally when you are bit by animals. One important thing that you must worry about, especially with wild animal bites, is the transmission of the rabies virus. Rabies causes death when not caught and treated immediately.

Both wild and domestic animals have been known to leave their marks on people. Even beloved pets can cause an accident. For example, your dog might love you and serve as your protector, but certain things can trigger a dog to bite its master. This includes extreme fright, as well as possessiveness and even playfulness. Your dog may not mean to hurt you, but its teeth can sink deep into your skin, possibly breaking into a major blood vessel and causing nerve damage as well.

While you may not usually expect a domestic pet to bite, you should always be careful around wild animals. Remember, as terrifying as a bat in your house can be, they are also incredibly afraid of you as well. Therefore, when you are trying to get the bat out of your house, it may bite you in self-defense. This is alarming because bats tend to be the most common carriers of rabies that pass along the virus to humans. Other typical wild animals with rabies are foxes, raccoons, and skunks. Domestic animals with rabies are usually cats, cattle, and dogs.

Rabies is a virus that can infect both animals and people. It causes encephalopathy, which is inflammation of the lining around the brain that can even make the brain itself swell.  This normally proves to be fatal in animals and humans if the person is infected without knowing it.

With rabies, knowledge is power. For humans, rabies usually causes death. However, if a person is bitten by an animal and goes to the doctor right away, they can be given rabies shots that will usually rid them of the virus. Therefore, it can be a good idea to capture an animal that bites you so that you can get it tested to see if it is a carrier of the rabies virus.

For your pets, there are several ways that you can protect them-and yourself-from catching the rabies virus. First, keep them secured in your yard. Pets who wander can be bitten by a rabid animal and given rabies. Next, veterinarians offer rabies vaccinations, and you can keep your pet immunized against the disease. Lastly, you should consider securing your pet indoors at night and during other times when the nocturnal, wild animals roam.

If you or someone you know has been bitten by an animal, it may count as a personal injury. For more information on domestic animal bites and other personal injury issues, check out Vic Feazell, the Austin personal injury law expert.